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Shared Decision Making and Social Inclusion for People with Mental Health Difficulties Seminar




Speakers: Professor Shula Ramon, Anglia Ruskin and Hertfordshire Universities, Sarah Rae, Service User Trainer and Researcher, The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Partnership Foundation Trust (CPFT)

Shula and Sarah will outline The Shared Innovation in Medication Management Education project (ShIMME). This is a piloted, evaluated intervention aimed at enhancing shared decision making in psychiatric medication management between prescribers and other clinicians and service users who have experienced psychosis. It is funded by the Research for Patient Benefit scheme of the National Institute of Health Research and the views expressed in the presentation are only those of the authors. Following consultation with service users and providers in Cambridge on this issue, and taking into account existing international literature, parallel training programmes were offered to service users, psychiatrists and care co-ordinators, whose impact was evaluated one year later. The project is based on the assumption that decisions about psychiatric medication management should be shared between service users and clinicians on the basis of knowledge and expertise coming from each partner. Ethically this assumption is based on the belief in 'no decision about me without me'. Having a real say in psychiatric medication management is key to service users' control over their own lives and is a reflection of valuing their experiential knowledge. Learning how to be an active partner in achieving decisions in this area based on a systematic process is also a reflection of being socially included. Is this achievable in an area where professional knowledge is highly valued and where the power differential between the partners is considerable? How have these aims been reflected in the way the project unfolded? Shula and Sarah will discuss the facilitators and barriers to achieving shared decision making in this central and crucial area of mental health intervention.

Shula Ramon is the principal investigator and project manager of ShIMME, which is a partnership between the CPFT and Anglia Ruskin University. She is also the mental health research lead at the School of Health and Social Work in the University of Hertfordshire. A social worker and clinical psychologist by training, Shula has researched and published on community mental health issues and more recently, recovery oriented issues, and has included service users systematically in the research projects she has initiated and participated in.

After a negative experience of acute care in 2005, Sarah Rae became determined to have some influence in the decision making process in her local Trust. She trained to be an 'Expert by Experience' and since then has worked for the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust as a researcher, service user representative and trainer. In 2011, Sarah was appointed as the Non-Executive Patient and Public (PPI) Advisor to the Cambridge and Peterborough Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Research and Care (CLAHRC) Board, which undertakes high quality health and social care research. She joined Mind's Council of Management in November 2011.

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1.00pm - 2.15pmTuesday 11th February 2014

C337 Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom